Magdalena Andersson resigned hours after her initial appointment due to a lost vote
The former finance minister won a similar vote last week but threw in the towel only hours later after the Green Party – a coalition partner – abandoned the gouvernement over a lost budget vote.
Andersson will now form a minority government consisting only of her own party, les Social Democrats, which hold 100 seats in the 349-seat parliament and will have to rely on support from several other parties to implement policy.
Not since 1979 has a government commanded so little direct support in parliament.
“Like all minority governments, we will seek co-operation with other parties in parliament, and I see good opportunities to do so,” Andersson told a news conference.
“The Social Democrats have the biggest party group in parliament by a wide margin. We also have a long tradition of cooperation with others and stand ready to do what is needed to lead Sweden forward.”
Complicating the picture, Andersson will have to govern on a budget in part formulated by three opposition parties, including the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, whose gains over the past decade lie at heart of Sweden‘s political turmoil.
Her tenuous hold on power is due to a deadlocked parliament where neither the centre-left nor centre-right can form a majority on their own.
Andersson served as prime minister for seven hours before stepping down last week after the Greens left her two-party coalition.
Their move followed the rejection of her government’s budget proposal in favor of one presented by opposition parties including the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats, who are rooted in a neo-Nazi movement.
Andersson’s appointment as prime minister marks a milestone for Sweden, viewed for decades as one of Europe’s most progressive countries when it comes to gender relations, but which had yet to have a woman in the top political post.
In a speech to parliament, Center Party leader Annie Loof said a female prime minister “means a lot to many girls and femmes, to see this glass roof shattered.
PA / Reuters